European shares hover near multi-year highs as Greek talks loom

viernes 20 de febrero de 2015 10:17 GYT

* FTSEurofirst 300 hovers just below seven-year high

* $5.8 bln inflows to European equities -BoAML

* Politicians gather for new attempt on Greek deal

* Europe enjoying best earnings season in 3 1/2 years

By Sudip Kar-Gupta and Blaise Robinson

LONDON/PARIS, Feb 20 (Reuters) - European stock markets hovered near multi-year highs on Friday, as euro zone finance ministers prepared another attempt at reaching a deal on Greece.

Shares in Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk rose around 5 percent after positive trial results for one of its products. Mining company Eramet jumped 9.3 percent after better-than-expected results.

Novo Nordisk was among the best performers on the blue-chip European FTSEurofirst 300 index, which was flat at 1,520.23 points -- near a seven-year high of 1,524.28 points reached earlier in the session.

The Greek stalemate overshadowed data pointing to growth in Germany and France. Greece's new prime minister said on Friday he was certain euro zone finance ministers would accept Athens' request for an extended loan as EU paymaster Germany softened its hostile tone.   Continuación...